Outreach

Demonstrations

We're the first purely HEMA-oriented group in Northern Ireland (other sword based groups exist, but tend towards training for living history demonstrations or re-enactment, or SCA), and we're always happy to give demonstrations and taster classes at events to bring what we do to the wider public. The group has given demonstrations of medieval fighting techniques and taster workshops at European Heritage Open Days 2012 and 2019, Culture Night Belfast over several years between 2014 and 2018, Country Fairs in 2013 and 2019, various conventions like Q-Con and TitanCon across several years, and for the Borderlines XIX and XXI Medieval History conferences at Queen's University Belfast. To contact us about giving demontrations at events, or other forms of outreach, contact us by the form on the main page, or get in touch on Facebook.

HEMA Study Groups

Perhaps you've always wanted to train in a class like ours, learn how to use a Medieval sword or dagger, and take part in the many and varied HEMA events? Obviously, if you're close enough then come along to our class and you can do all of that. What if you're not within travelling distance though? Many of the HEMA classes throughout the UK and across the world started life as study groups - a group of like-minded friends with the dedication to work through some of the sources and start making interpretations of techniques and training the basics. We're more than happy to help potential study groups find their feet and can give advice on sources, equipment, safe training and lesson plans. If you can get the group to Belfast for a few days, or arrange a venue at your location for a few days, we're even happy to see what we can do about helping you build a foundation of simple, effective techniques and skills. Think of it as a short, intensive beginners course that will leave you better equipped to safely run a starter group, along with some drills for creating and maintaining basic skills, and some familiarity with some of the easier-to-manage historical sources to let your group get training, get stuck into the research, and start working towards becoming a fully fledged training group with insurance, qualifications, and affiliations to one of the umbrella bodies.

HEMA Events

Events are an important aspect of HEMA training as they offer the chance to gain insights from other instructors, possibly in other arts, and to train with students from other clubs and schools. Over the past few years students and instructors from Medieval Combat Group have attended events such as HEMAC Glasgow hosted by the AHA, Féile na Gaiscígh hosted by Dublin HEMA Club, and various legs of the Irish Historical Fencing League. Our instructors havealso taught workshops at the Féile na Gaiscígh and other local events on the island, as well as UK events such as The Art That Adorns You in York hosted by York School of Defense, and abroad such at Matt's longsword workshop at Tremonia Fechtschule 2019 in Dortmund.

We also host our own events, ranging from small in-house training weekends with guest instructors, to Bladeworks, one of the largest HEMA events on the island, which is a residential weekend event with workshops, sparring and training during the day, and socialising in the evenings, along with some opportunities for feschtschule style tournaments and test cutting.